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Email is almost 40 times better at acquiring new customers than Facebook and Twitter and 68 percent of companies rank it as the best channel for ROI, so it’s well worth your time and effort to slow down and do it right. An estimated 93 billion marketing emails are sent each day and yet only 22 percent of them are opened. To ensure your precious communications or promotions miss the mark, follow these tips to be deleted with the kind of speed that would put Usain Bolt to shame. By Tanya Wheeler-Berliner

 
Pensions and your retirement
Not all public entities are the same. Many have been very responsible and have adequately funded their pensions. These municipalities still offer investors opportunities for safe, tax-free income. But the pressures are mounting in many state and local entities because of public pension obligations. These issues may take many years to surface because states and local governments aren't subject to strict accounting rules. But, some of the writing is on the wall. By Charles Farrell
 

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Our world changed in November 2008, when we elected a minority as president. It was, unquestionably, a game-changer. Some people are empowered by this change, and some are threatened. Regardless, the election of Barack Obama represented a tipping point to the future.  New expectations have emerged. As we endeavor to improve and make room for rising expectations, let’s avoid extremes – engaging in self-destructive behavior and blaming everyone else while accepting no personal responsibility. By Tom Binnings
 
 
 
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Greg Bacon, Chief Operating Officer of TAG Insurance Services - The Ahbe Group, talks about the consumer experience at independent insurance carriers.

Talking brains
Aaron Harber talks about brain development at different stages of life with expert Dr. Patricia Kuhl.
 


 
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The lawfulness of many policies may turn on a single word or phrase. All employers, union and non-union alike, should think about making a thorough review of their employee handbook and policies in light of a recent report on employer workplace rules by the National Labor Relations Board. It is important to take time to review your handbook and compare your wording with the examples provided in the report. Although the report is not a legally binding interpretation of the NLRA, it can help you make an informed decision about the risks involved in including certain provisions in your employee handbook. By Brian Mumaugh

 
Companies to Watch: Health
At Commerce Kitchen, employees are encouraged to explore “intrapreuenrially” –  to behave like entrepreneurs within the second-stage business in order to bridge the gap between health care and technology. As such, 20 percent of an average work week is un-billable, meant to be spent on exploring with research and development, taking note of what  innovative Google employees do. This helps Commerce Kitchen employees effectively tackle problematic structures in traditional, highly regulated industries such as health care and finance. By Gigi Sukin
 

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I recently had the opportunity to drive two Subarus so dissimilar that it’s a wonder they carry the same logo. There is simply no way in the world that anybody within the company working on one had anything whatsoever to do with the team that created the other. Then I discovered why. By Jeff Rundles
 
 
 
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Aaron Harber talks with Harvard Business School Historian Nancy Koehn about women in corporate leadership.

Koehn on leaders
Aaron Harber talks with Harvard Business School Historian Nancy Koehn about what makes a great leader.

 

 
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Passion helps you step out on the edges of your comfort zone. It drives you do more and play bigger. Your light shines brightly when you are working and living in your passion. All of these factors will directly equate to more success and abundance in your life. When we live without passion, we often fall into a rut, and feel rushed, out of control, stressed out, and completely drained of energy before the day even gets started. By Kami Guildner

 
Companies to Watch: Pro services, communications
Incubated in TechStars and considered an engine that powers marketing content, Kapost manages every detail of the business-to-business content lifecycle, from ideation to distribution. Its tools include a workflow system for creating branded content, a publishing system that can push content to a range of platforms, and analytics systems for tracking the success of a message. By Gigi Sukin
 

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The construction industry has a reputation of tough people doing a dangerous job. And while a lot of people see our projects under construction, they probably do not realize the most important thing being built is a profound culture of safety. These days, our tradesmen are trained from the start to think about how ignoring safety requirements can devastate lives – not just theirs, but those of their kids, spouses and other loved ones. By Paula Eick
 
 
 
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Higgins on econ
Aaron Harber talks with Sir David Hartmann Higgins, the Executive Chairman of High Speed 2 in Great Britain, about his country's economy.
 

 
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Longer buying cycles and increasingly complex sales are making it rare that a sales presentation or demonstration ends in a signed contract. Often decision-makers don’t get together for days, weeks or even months to discuss your proposal. During that time, your prospect has seen additional vendors and had to contend with new demands and challenges. How do you make sure that your message is remembered after you walk out the door – and not confused with that of your competition? You need to be sticky. By Julie Hansen

 
Small-town economy fueled by high-elevation airport
From mid-April to mid-November each year, the Leadville-Lake County Airport buzzes with engineers and trainees from across the U.S. and sometimes Canada and Europe, Brown says. Fuel sales more than double and flight operations quadruple during the busy season. The added business helped fund a new 11,000-square-foot heated hangar completed in January, and a new storage hangar is set for groundbreaking this summer. Activity at the airport helped bring back specialized mountain flying courses. By Suzie Romig
 

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The construction industry has a reputation of tough people doing a dangerous job. And while a lot of people see our projects under construction, they probably do not realize the most important thing being built is a profound culture of safety. These days, our tradesmen are trained from the start to think about how ignoring safety requirements can devastate lives – not just theirs, but those of their kids, spouses and other loved ones. By Paula Eick
 
 
 
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Aaron Harber talks with Sir David Hartmann Higgins, the Executive Chairman of High Speed 2 in Great Britain and the former Chief Executive of Network Rail, about safety and maintainence of rail systems.

Breitbart on solar
Aaron Harber talks with North American Power CEO Kerry Breitbart about how his company is incorporating alternative energy intio its model.
 

 
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It’s an understatement to say that Amy Van Dyken-Rouen is an inspiration. But what can we apply to our own lives from Amy and others who overcome adversity of every kind? What do you do when you hear, “You can’t,” “You won’t,” or “You’ll never”? Do you believe it, or do you go out and do it against all odds? When you think about it, we’re all in training for the lives we want—every single day. By Kathleen Quinn Votaw

 
CO Companies to Watch: Construction, real estate
For the most part, when window-shopping, the last thing you’re thinking about are the panes of glass you’re looking through – that is, unless you know Horizon Glass. Experts in window systems, Horizon combines design, installation and efficiency in its commercial and residential projects. Window systems have the potential to make or break the operational effectiveness of a building, directly impacting insulation, soundproofing, air circulation, privacy, natural and synthetic light distribution and aesthetic properties, all the while maintaining structural integrity. By Gigi Sukin
 

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The construction industry has a reputation of tough people doing a dangerous job. And while a lot of people see our projects under construction, they probably do not realize the most important thing being built is a profound culture of safety. These days, our tradesmen are trained from the start to think about how ignoring safety requirements can devastate lives – not just theirs, but those of their kids, spouses and other loved ones. By Paula Eick
 
 
 
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Breitbart: Power
Aaron Harber talks with North American Power CEO Kerry Breitbart about the state of energy today.
 
 

 
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Each issue of ColoradoBiz, we’re faced with deciding which businesses to highlight within our finite pages, based mostly on accomplishment, community significance and perceived reader interest. In this inaugural Best of Colorado–Readers’ Choice supplement, we’ve taken it out of editors’ hands and left it to readers to tell us their top places to do business, from banks to dry cleaners to coffee shops to fitness clubs. The result of this peer-generated list is an interesting mix of usual-suspect national names and lesser-known local gems. By Mike Taylor

 
Rise and fall of the labradoodle
While the concept of crossing a Labrador with a poodle is not protectable under patent law or any other theory in intellectual property, the term labradoodle when it was first introduced was certainly trademarkable. Trademarking the term, combined with proper enforcement, could have prevented unethical breeding practices and false claims that “doodles” are hypo-allergenic. By Peter Lemire
 

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The construction industry has a reputation of tough people doing a dangerous job. And while a lot of people see our projects under construction, they probably do not realize the most important thing being built is a profound culture of safety. These days, our tradesmen are trained from the start to think about how ignoring safety requirements can devastate lives – not just theirs, but those of their kids, spouses and other loved ones. By Paula Eick
 
 
 
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TeamSnap
TeamSnap President & CEO Dave Dupont talks about why his company is a Colorado Company to Watch. Read more.
 
 

 
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They’re not stars yet. But they are on the verge, scooting their way to center stage, attempting to unseat the icons of their respective industries. Now in its seventh year, Colorado Companies to Watch, presented by UMB Bank, highlights 50 second-stage companies that are discovering and devising valuable products and services, creating quality jobs, elevating communities, and redefining the marketplace. By Gigi Sukin

 
Flip cravings into contentment
Addictions and cravings in life have many different faces, yet the same result: they block your ability to remember that you can choose your response to life which at many times involves seeking out the appropriate assistance that supports your desire to show up with the best version of yourself. According to Webster, an addiction is to give oneself over to a strong habit, and a craving is to long for something eagerly. Unhealthy cravings in life flow from an unsatisfied state of being. By Lauren Miller
 

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In a city founded by gold prospectors, 14 professionals staked their claim to global business knowledge provided by Washington University’s Olin Business School. For 20 months, these professionals—the inaugural class of Olin’s Executive MBA program in Denver—explored new management territory and engaged in self-discovery to lead their people and organizations more effectively. By Stuart Bunderson
 
 
 
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TeamSnap President & CEO Dave Dupont talks about why his company is a Colorado Company to Watch. Read more.

enVision
enVision Business Consulting Managing Partners Kurt Wolf and Rob Novick talk about why their company is a Colorado Company to Watch. Read more.
 

 
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On Monday, the Colorado Supreme Court ruled in Coats v. Dish Network, LLC, that employers with a drug-free workplace policy have the right to take adverse action against employees who test positive for marijuana, even if the employees fully comply with the state’s medical marijuana laws, do not use marijuana at the workplace, and are not impaired on the job. This landmark decision affirms the right of employers to require that their employees comply with all federal drug laws, regardless of their states’ marijuana laws.
By Lino Lipinsky and Joel Pratt


 
Eyes on the road, and on the money
Sue Heilbronner started her business accelerator, MergeLane, because she noticed something about female business owners: There weren’t many of them. “We were seeing a discrepancy in the concentration in leadership positions in important stages of the startup journey,” says Heilbronner, who cofounded MergeLane with angel investor Elizabeth Kraus. “We got curious about why.” By Nora Caley
 

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In a city founded by gold prospectors, 14 professionals staked their claim to global business knowledge provided by Washington University’s Olin Business School. For 20 months, these professionals—the inaugural class of Olin’s Executive MBA program in Denver—explored new management territory and engaged in self-discovery to lead their people and organizations more effectively. By Stuart Bunderson
 
 
 
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enVision Business Consulting Managing Partners Kurt Wolf and Rob Novick talk about why their company is a Colorado Company to Watch. Read more.

UrgentRX
UrgentRX CEO and founder Jordan Eisenberg, talks about why his company is a Colorado Company to Watch. Read more.

 

 
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Across all industries, the battle cry of many hiring managers is the difficulty in finding candidates who will fit within their corporate culture. Having recently worked with a number of clients on their hiring needs, I know the dilemma all too well – resumes come in, candidates interview, but none present themselves as the right person for the job. Even as hiring managers find individuals with the right skill set and commitment – which is a tall order in and of itself – unknowns remain. What’s missing? By Blair Koch

 
Protecting a legacy
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the average age of farmers and ranchers is 55.9 years, putting them among America’s oldest workers. The impending retirement within this demographic leads the way for a new generation of agriculture professionals to take over a primary sector of the U.S. economy. Farming and ranching families faced with identifying who will operate the business next may want to consider working with a wealth management professional for many reasons. By Tanga Alexander
 

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In a city founded by gold prospectors, 14 professionals staked their claim to global business knowledge provided by Washington University’s Olin Business School. For 20 months, these professionals—the inaugural class of Olin’s Executive MBA program in Denver—explored new management territory and engaged in self-discovery to lead their people and organizations more effectively. By Stuart Bunderson
 
 
 
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UrgentRX CEO and founder Jordan Eisenberg talks about why his company is a Colorado Company to Watch. Read more.

RevGen
Michael Turner, president & CEO of RevGen Partners, talks about why his company is a Colorado Company to Watch. Read more.
 

 
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Strong personal power gives you the opportunity to become mindful. However, recent brain research suggests that as people gain power, or even perceive that they have more power, they tend to become less empathetic and mindful. As you develop more inner strength and personal and/or positional power, it’s critical that you consciously work to develop your mindfulness. Mindful powerful can create immense inner peace and contentment. By TC North

 
Making business sense of health care
Misguided decisions on health care amidst external confusion and change are open threats to any company’s reputation on a number of levels. The risks of litigation, the high fines for non-compliance, the political risks with programs that discriminate, the potential polarization with unions, unpredictable legislation and the debilitating results from misaligned health care strategies are greater than ever. By Leo Tokar
 

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In a city founded by gold prospectors, 14 professionals staked their claim to global business knowledge provided by Washington University’s Olin Business School. For 20 months, these professionals—the inaugural class of Olin’s Executive MBA program in Denver—explored new management territory and engaged in self-discovery to lead their people and organizations more effectively. By Stuart Bunderson
 
 
 
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Michael Turner, president & CEO of RevGen Partners, talks about why his company is a Colorado Company to Watch. Read more.

Celebrity activism
Aaron Harber talks with AEG Live CEO Chuck Morris about celebrities in politics and philanthropy.

 

 
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So how can you turn your life and your company into a Triple Crown winner? How can you be a Company To Watch? It’s no place for a one-hit-wonder. To be a winner is to find your passion and do what you were designed to do – then build the team, make the investment, and have perseverance, patience and the desire and ability to stick it out even when it burns. When the finish line is in sight, and the competition is thundering up behind you and you wonder if you can make it? That’s when you dig in. Run. Fast. Win. By Erin Gibbs

 
Idaho Springs tourist appeal
Tucked along Interstate 70 about 30 miles west of Denver, Idaho Springs is more than an oasis or fuel stop for motorists from the Front Range en route to Colorado’s mountain resort country. Getting more tourists to slow down and visit the historic gold-rush town has been a priority, and Idaho Springs and Clear Creek County have staked claim to a collaborative and inventive approach to grass-roots tourism development.  By Whitney Van Cleave
 

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In a city founded by gold prospectors, 14 professionals staked their claim to global business knowledge provided by Washington University’s Olin Business School. For 20 months, these professionals—the inaugural class of Olin’s Executive MBA program in Denver—explored new management territory and engaged in self-discovery to lead their people and organizations more effectively. By Stuart Bunderson
 
 
 
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Aaron Harber talks with AEG Live Rocky Mountain CEO Chuck Morris about celebrity involvement with politics and charities.

Music's future
Aaron Harber talks with AEG Live CEO Chuck Morris about the future of the music industry.
 

 

 
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In my role as chair of the National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT), I’ve learned that one of the powerful things men can do in the gender equality discussion is be a male advocate. This is easy to say, but difficult to do. Recently, there has been some controversy around the role of male advocates and an ensuing debate, not about the core issue of gender diversity, but about how men who are trying to be helpful potentially make things worse through their actions. By Brad Feld

 
Bad guys want health records
Sure, identity thieves like stolen credit card numbers. But they love pilfered electronic health records. “Credit card numbers are worth 50 cents or $1 on the open market,” says Sean Bruton, VP of product at HOSTING, a Denver-based data center provider. “Health-care records are going for $50.” With cloud-based systems increasingly popular in the health-care world, this means there are a lot of bad guys lurking around every virtual corner. By Eric Peterson
 

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At risk of sounding like a yoga teacher or a self-help guru, I think most people strive for balance. We want city budgets to be balanced, our football teams to find balance as a cohesive unit and most of us aspire to have some type of work-life balance. Instead, I’d like to take a closer look at finding balance as it relates to a very specific leadership skill. By Derek Murphy
 
 
 
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Music musings
Aaron Harber talks with AEG Live CEO Chuck Morris about his music management career.

 

 
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You wear many hats…perhaps you are an employee, parent, sports enthusiast, traveler, author, creative genius. You likely are an investor as well. That part of your life, though, has a unique characteristic: unlike with many of the hats you wear, taking risks is a necessary part of the endeavor. Understanding those risks and then managing them smartly will help you be successful—and help to instill confidence in your investments.  Let’s look at how you can build a more effective portfolio. By Herb White

 
Glendale's 70's spirit
It’s hard to imagine if you weren’t around in the ‘70s and ‘80s, but the little city of Glendale used to be Denver’s go-to center for drinking, dining, dancing and other fun. Alas, long gone are Confetti’s, The Lift, Thrills and the outrageous Celebrity Sports Center, a recreational cathedral with a giant bowling alley and Olympic-sized swimming pool and too many other amusements to mention, so named because it was the brainchild of Walt Disney. By Mike Taylor
 

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The 2015 Audi allroad is basically an A4 Avant. Sure, like all Audis, it has quattro AWD (a great system, by the way), but there is absolutely nothing about this car that would tempt you to take it on anything other than a maintained road. It actually shocked me that it was so small and slight. The name “allroad” used to evoke images of rugged toughness; now it suggests a play date outing to Elitch’s. By Jeff Rundles
 
 
 
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Colorado Music Hall of Fame
Aaron Harber talks with AEG Live Rocky Mountains president and CEO Chuck Morris about the Colorado Music Hall of Fame.
 

 
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Should you invest in real estate for the long term? This all depends on a number of factors: how high can you make rents and still attract high quality long term tenants, how low can you buy a quality property, how much are you going to put into the property (I used a pretty low expense estimate in my analysis, one roof replacement of $15,000 blows the analysis out), and finally how much of a hassle do you want to take on with a rental property?  Owning a rental property typically is not a passive investment. By Glen Weinberg

 
Frontier's flying circus
Ultra Low-Cost carrier, to the normal person, sounds like a good deal. Hey, I can fly for cheap! But clowns, while silly, aren’t stupid: Only the actual flying costs are ultra low; everything else will make your orange hair stand on end. The airline now charges not only for baggage, and pretty steep, I might add, but also charges upwards of $25 to $35 for a carry-on bag. And don’t get me started about the $2 Cokes and $3 snacks. By Jeff Rundles
 

   ColoradoBiz EXTRA 
A couple weeks ago, I was asked to speak at the 8th annual Turkish Postal Symposium. I focused my talk around a central question – “How long will it be before we can mail a package and have it travel to a city on the other side of the world without ever being touched by human hands?” As we move further down the path of automation, this is a reasonable question to be asking. By Tom Frey

 
 
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Aaron Harber talks with AEG Live Rocky Mountains president and CEO Chuck Morris about the Colorado Music Hall of Fame.

Trillions
Aaron Harber talks with Mickey McManus about his new book.
 
 
 

 
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I recently met with a prospective client and his team about their organizational challenges. One team member repeatedly talked about a “solution set” he used in a different company. It was a miracle cure, and he was sure his new organization should employ it—before they codified the problem or clearly identified the objectives (I pointed this out to him and didn’t get the assignment). When you become enamored with your technology or process at the expense of clearly identifying your objectives and solving the problem with the best solution, you get messed up. By Todd Ordal

 
Portfolio rebalancing: How & why
The general focus of rebalancing is twofold: to maintain the appropriate risk profile on portfolios and to focus on the "buy low, sell high" fundamentals. While most investors focus on the price side of the "buy low, sell high" strategy, there is an important "buy low, sell high" income component to the strategy as well. By Charlie Farrell
 

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In 1995, Gretchen Selfridge played hard to get. After two months of job offers from Chipotle Mexican Grill – then a two-shop operation – she met founder and CEO Steve Ells, and changed her mind. Fast-forward, and from its humble beginnings at the corner of Evans Avenue and Gilpin Street, the publicly traded burrito empire has grown to 1,780 restaurants, 53,000 employees and a $21.05 billion market cap. The Denver-based company has redefined fast food. By Gigi Sukin

 
 
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Aaron Harber talks with MAYA Design CEO Mickey McManus about his new book, Trillions: Thriving in the Emerging Information Ecology.

Info ecology
Aaron Harber talks with Mickey McManus about the "information ecology". 
 
 

 
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You’ve submitted your resume, maybe endured multiple rounds of interviews with HR, the hiring manager and team members, and now you are staring at the rejection letter. “After careful consideration, I regret to inform you that we have chosen another candidate.” You are begging for feedback, but most employers are not forthcoming with reasons on why you didn’t make the cut. Let’s face it – rejection hurts. Some employers might help you out and offer a few pieces of advice, but majority of employers don’t tell you where you took a wrong turn. By Shawna Simcik

 
How to protect your portfolio
Economic developments take time to play out and markets often remain highly volatile in the immediate wake of a world crisis. Aside from keeping history in mind, how might you cope in our ever-changing world? Remember to not get trapped in the noise as an individual investor. Avoid making kneejerk changes to your portfolio. Keep the bigger picture in mind, and evaluate your allocations from a long-term perspective. By Todd Hauer
 

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Here’s Charlie Coglianese’s education vision: Help 1 million kids with his software platform for personalized, data-driven instruction. “If we can get to that stage I’ll feel really great about what we’ve done,” he says. “I’m still not sure I’ll hang the ‘Mission Accomplished’ banner, but it would be an amazing milestone.” Coglianese and his Denver-based startup, Schoolrunner, are well on their way. By Lisa Ryckman

 
 
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Since 2008, the Infinity Park Event Center has been marrying professional, individualized service with the amenities and technology a world-class metro area demands.

Dry Dock Brewing
Michelle Reding and Kevin Delange of Dry Dock Brewing Co. talk about why their company is a Colorado Company to Watch. Read more.
 

 
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There will be a downturn. It might be in a day. It might be in a year. It might be in a decade. We have no idea when it will come, but it will come. We are in a very positive part of the startup/entrepreneurship cycle. Given that, there is a regularly occurring discussion about whether or not we are in a bubble, or this is a bubble, or is a bubble forming, or some other bubble thing. The conversations devolve quickly into “Yes, we are” and “No, we aren’t.” By Brad Feld

 
Mountain-grown entrepreneurs
Communities in the northern and central mountains of Colorado rely heavily on tourism dollars, but are trying to reduce that level of dependence by courting a different type of tourist. Repeat visitors and second homeowners are considered more impactful in helping broaden business diversity. Economic planners want to attract avid fly-fishermen, skiers and adventure cyclists to become future business owners who create good-paying, year-round jobs and support economic stability. By Suzie Romig
 

   ColoradoBiz EXTRA 
I drove my BMW-looking Camry for a week, loved it almost completely, and I was eager to get the Avalon to see how the Toyota basics played out in a larger, more-luxury model. Turns out I was disappointed in the Avalon, or rather Toyota – not because I didn’t love the Avalon, which I did, but because it just felt and looked exactly like the Camry, so much so that I sometimes forgot I wasn’t driving the Camry. By Jeff Rundles

 
 
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Co-owners Michelle Reding and Kevin Delange of Dry Dock Brewing Co. talk about why their company is a Colorado Company to Watch. Read more.
 
Atlas Advertising
Atlas Advertising CEO Ben Wright talks about why his company is a Colorado Company to Watch. Read more.

 

 
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Do you believe this mind-numbing pace in body-numbing surroundings is sustainable? Not only does this take a toll on your mind, body and soul, living your life at this pace diminishes your creative capacity. Yet I hear the pride manifested in living at this pace every day. “I’ve been crazy-busy this week, and haven’t had a moment to myself!” “I am a master at multi-tasking: I cooked dinner, helped my child with his homework and did a conference call all at the same time.” Sound familiar? By Kami Guildner

 
More future dream home
This final stage puts it all together, combining the symbiotic relationship that we form with our home, anticipating our needs, morphing itself in shape and size, creating it’s own power, lights, music, media, and communication with the rest of the world, as our daily living becomes second nature. Our homes become an integral part of who we are, our friend and confidant, an extension of our humanness, attentive to our desires, but knowing when we’ve reached our limits. By Tom Frey
 

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Well-executed fracking means knowing the potential for localized problems and avoidance of areas and methods that threaten underground aquifers and could cause earthquakes. The key is for companies and regulators to be informed about subsurface geological structures before drilling. They should also pursue best practices with cement and metal casings, fracking fluids that are almost entirely sand and water, and injection wells for waste water. By Tom Binnings

 
 
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Performance Mobility
Performance Mobility President Kevin Durban talks about why his company is a Colorado Company to Watch. Read more.
 

 
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Where would Amazon be today if it was named “An Online Bookstore” at its beginning?  Would Google have become the wildly successful company it is today if it began life as “A Search Engine”? Companies should pick names that are more fanciful or arbitrary instead of descriptive when compared with the services offered by the business. The purpose of a marketing campaign is to associate the type of services you provide with the unique name. By Kurt Leyendecker

 
Happy birthday, DIA!
When the iconic white tents of Denver International Airport first lined the sky in February 1995, many questioned its distance from downtown — 25 miles — especially compared to its predecessor, Stapleton International Airport, situated just three miles east of the city’s center. The move to the 53 square miles of what was then Adams County was the best opportunity for Colorado to build an airport for the future. Denver annexed the land for DIA in 1988 with approval from voters in Adams County. By Katie Feldhaus
 

   ColoradoBiz EXTRA 
For the past several months, I’ve become enamored with the idea of creating a self-sufficient, connectionless home. Not only is the home off-grid, creating it’s own power, heat, and air-conditioning, but also it’s own water supply, compost, and sewage system in a smart home environment. I’ve even imagined how a house like this could be constructed with a form of 3D printing called contour crafting. By Tom Frey
 
 
 
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Metro & Lockheed
Lockheed Martin's John Heyliger talks about his company's support for Metro State's Aerospace and Engineering Sciences initiative.
 

 
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My business started out on a strong growth track until 2012, when profits began to trail. My business nearly tanked that year, but I was able to save the company by following a few simple rules and my gut instincts. These rules are applicable to any business in any industry. Read on to learn what saved my company from going under. By Ben Walker

 
Best of ColoradoBiz: See through your customers' eyes
As a business owner and entrepreneur, one of the most valuable lessons I’ve learned over time is the importance of having a marketing perspective in every decision I make for my business. A marketing perspective is not a “thing” but a mindset. It’s a focus that looks at every part of your business from your customer’s perspective. Who is my client? What does s/he want? How can my company best serve that need? By Gale Dunlap
 

   ColoradoBiz EXTRA 
Some entrepreneurs succeed through a shotgun approach, firing ideas into the sky and seeing what comes down. Some are serial business builders, taking a shot at one enterprise after the other. Jim Deters, co-founder and CEO of Denver-based Galvanize LLC and ColoradoBiz magazine’s Entrepreneur of the Year, is strictly a sniper, obsessively seeking his target. Galvanize is his religion, Deters says, and he isn’t kidding. By David Lewis
 
 
 
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Logic Integration
CEO Shawn Hansson talks about why his company is a Colorado Company to Watch. Read more.
 

 
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With graduation season upon us, many Colorado high school graduates are looking toward the next step in their lives – attending college. While most high school seniors have committed to a school of their choosing, parents are now faced with the challenge of paying for it. According to the Wall Street Journal, the class of 2015 is the most indebted ever, with an average of $35,000 in college-related debt. Today (5/29) marks National College Savings Day, a day to bring awareness to the benefits of saving for college through 529 plans. By Bruce Hemmings

 
Best of ColoradoBiz: Five secrets of high achievers
Of course, there are some amazing corporate cultures out there. But I've been stunned to see how many employees, from the top down, refuse to take responsibility for the mood and morale of their workplaces or for the way things are going for their companies in general or even for the well-being of their own careers. In my conversations with individuals, I find something that parallels my conversations with the inmates at the prison: It is always somebody else’s fault. By Scott Halford
 

   ColoradoBiz EXTRA 
When Kelly Schexnaildre moved from Louisiana to Denver in 2010, she concocted hot sauce as a hobby. “I just ate a lot of hot sauce growing up,” she says of her passion for fiery foods. Schexnaildre turned pro in early 2014, naming the company for her basset hound, and now makes five kinds of hot sauces, including the original Peaches & Scream (peach-habanero) and her bestselling Sriracha Hand Grenade. “It’s super approachable and delicious,” Schexnaildre says of the latter. By Eric Peterson
 
 
 
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Logic Integration Shawn Hansson, CEO and founder of Logic Integration, talks about why his company is a Colorado Company to Watch. Read more.
 
Silver Bullet Water Treatment
David Sunshine, president and CEO of Silver Bullet Water Treatment, talks about why his company is a Colorado Company to Watch. Read more.
 

 
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With graduation season upon us, many Colorado high school graduates are looking toward the next step in their lives – attending college. While most high school seniors have committed to a school of their choosing, parents are now faced with the challenge of paying for it. According to the Wall Street Journal, the class of 2015 is the most indebted ever, with an average of $35,000 in college-related debt. Today (5/29) marks National College Savings Day, a day to bring awareness to the benefits of saving for college through 529 plans. By Bruce Hemmings

 
Best of ColoradoBiz: Five secrets of high achievers
Of course, there are some amazing corporate cultures out there. But I've been stunned to see how many employees, from the top down, refuse to take responsibility for the mood and morale of their workplaces or for the way things are going for their companies in general or even for the well-being of their own careers. In my conversations with individuals, I find something that parallels my conversations with the inmates at the prison: It is always somebody else’s fault. By Scott Halford
 

   ColoradoBiz EXTRA 
When Kelly Schexnaildre moved from Louisiana to Denver in 2010, she concocted hot sauce as a hobby. “I just ate a lot of hot sauce growing up,” she says of her passion for fiery foods. Schexnaildre turned pro in early 2014, naming the company for her basset hound, and now makes five kinds of hot sauces, including the original Peaches & Scream (peach-habanero) and her bestselling Sriracha Hand Grenade. “It’s super approachable and delicious,” Schexnaildre says of the latter. By Eric Peterson
 
 
 
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Logic Integration Shawn Hansson, CEO and founder of Logic Integration, talks about why his company is a Colorado Company to Watch. Read more.
 
Silver Bullet Water Treatment
David Sunshine, president and CEO of Silver Bullet Water Treatment, talks about why his company is a Colorado Company to Watch. Read more.
 

 
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Jealousy acts as a fertilizer to stress in the body. It flows from feelings of   inadequacy. When you find yourself imprisoned by the serpent of jealousy you disconnect yourself from creativity and inner inspiration. Basically, in those moments of envy and jealousy you forget the unique value you bring to this world and the confidence that flows from knowing you are safe and secure. In the jealousy space, you become consumed with the “I’m not good enough just as I am” mentality. By Lauren Miller

 
Best of ColoradoBiz: 13 rules for a successful think-tank
I have always had great success in using think-tanks to come up with new ideas and solutions in my companies. Don't limit to only one department with one mindset. My most successful think-tanks are a team of creative thinkers with diverse backgrounds who can offer different slants and perspectives. As the think-tank leader, you should explain the mission. Your tank-mates can create valuable ideas quickly if they operate within a set game plan. By Steve Baker
 

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Take one part nostalgic fun, one part diner fare, stir in some creative cocktails and top with lots of balls – bowling, billiard and ping-pong, among others – and you’ve got Robert Thompson’s recipe for success. Oh yeah – and don’t forget to sprinkle in some potent risk. To open the first Punch Bowl Social in Denver, “I had to put personal guarantees against $1 million in capital and contingent liabilities,” Thompson says. “I knew that once Punch Bowl was open, it would be the roaring success that it is today.” By Lisa Ryckman
 
 
 
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Silver Bullet Water David Sunshine, president and CEO of Silver Bullet Water Treatment, talks about why his company is a Colorado Company to Watch. Read more.
 
Continental Sausage
Eric Gutknecht, president and CEO of Continental Sausage, talks about why his company is a Colorado Company to Watch. Read more.
 

 
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Cybersecurity is no longer just a buzz word for IT personnel. It is a necessary talking point in boardrooms and business meetings. Last year alone, more than 1,000 businesses were subjected to cyber-attacks. About two-thirds of them learned about attacks on their networks from third parties. Just as embarrassing, most of them had been infiltrated for more than six months. They just didn’t know it. By Tracy Gray & Romaine Marshall

 
Best of ColoradoBiz: Nine ways to maximize your coffee meeting
Getting someone to agree to a coffee meeting is only the first step in obtaining leads. Your coffee meeting is an opportunity to build trust and exchange information. If you do it right, you will begin a long-term networking relationship. Make a major mistake, and all you get is some Starbucks and a lighter wallet. Here are some tips for making this meeting count. By John Heckers
 

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Krista Morgan left a lucrative job in London to move to Denver’s Capitol Hill neighborhood and open P2Binvestor in 2012 with her father, Bruce Morgan. They raised a Series A funding round in late 2013 and started “crowdlending” commercial lines of credit to growing businesses in January 2014. In little more than a year, the company racked up more than $14 million in client contracts, $50 million in invoices funded and 26 served clients. Morgan gives lots of the credit to her 18 employees. By Lisa Ryckman
 
 
 
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Continental Sausage
Eric Gutknecht, president and CEO of Continental Sausage, talks about why his company is a Colorado Company to Watch. Read more.
 
Spotlight: Halker
Matt Halker, president of Halker Consulting, talks about why his company is a Colorado Company to Watch. Read more.

 

 
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According to the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, businesses added 3,700 nonfarm payroll jobs from December 2014 to January 2015, for a total of 2,496,500 jobs. That number is higher than the peak 2,362,700 jobs in May 2008. Full recovery, the report indicated, occurred in March 2013 when Colorado's nonfarm payroll jobs reached 2,363,500. More good news from the state: Colorado’s unemployment rate decreased from 5.8 percent in January 2014 to 4.2 percent a year later. By Nora Caley

 
Best of ColoradoBiz: Expectations for sales success
The point isn’t whether you’re right or wrong about your expectations but that they are either working for you or against you.  Notice the difference in your tone, your attitude and your behavior when you are talking to people who you believe are happy to hear from you and that you know you can help.  Start taking control of your expectations and you’ll have more control over your sales success. By Julie Hansen
 

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On a recent trip from Montreal to Denver, the airlines managed to misplace my one piece of luggage. As I arrived in Denver, I felt strangely free. I already knew my bag wasn’t going to be there, so I could take off without dealing with my heavy bag or dragging it through the parking lot to my car and wrestling it into the trunk. It occurred to me that many people would be willing to pay for this freedom, especially if it didn’t cost too much. By Tom Frey
 
 
 
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Spotlight: Halker
Matt Halker, president of Halker Consulting, talks about why his company is a Colorado Company to Watch. Read more.
 
Spotlight: Stratom
Mark Gordon, president and CEO of Stratom Inc., talks about why his company is a Colorado Company to Watch.  Read more.
 

 
 
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I hear it all the time. I want something more in my life. Perhaps you long for a bigger presence in a role or field that you’re already in today. It might be the new job that just got posted or an entirely new career path calling to you. You may have a budding idea whose time is right. Or, you may not even know what it is calling you – you just know you’re looking for the next chapter in your life. These whisperings are calling you to step onto a bigger platform, to follow a dream, to make a difference. By Kami Guildner

 
Best of CoBiz: Obstacles? Doable!
The single most important factor in dealing with obstacles is to identify them accurately, neither understating nor overstating their importance or the degree of difficulty in solving them. It is worth noting that every time I have worked with a client able to correctly and realistically identify their obstacles, overcoming those obstacles becomes much more realistic. This is equally true for both external obstacles and internal obstaclesExternal obstacles, the economy, the marketplace, your competition, these are clearly outside your control. By Larry Valant
 

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Colorado State University is making the smart choice to build a new on-campus football stadium. It’s an investment in the future with the potential to help improve the football program and the school for decades to come. That does not, however, mean it comes without risks. Then again, investments always do.The most significant worry has plenty of merit: Will fans fill the new venue for six home games every year? And if they do, will it allow the school to pay off the colossal debt it will incur with revenue from ticket sales, suites and clubs seats? By Kyle Ringo
 
 
 
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Spotlight: Stratom
Mark Gordon, president and CEO of Stratom Inc., talks about why his company is a Colorado Company to Watch. Read more.
 
Spotlight: American V&V
Gordon and Erin Gibbs of the American Vein & Vascular Institute, talk about why their company is one to watch. Read more.
 

 
 
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Spotlight: American Vein & Vascular
Gordon and Erin Gibbs of the American Vein & Vascular Institute, talk about why their company is one to watch. Read more.
 
Spotlight: Nokero
Nokero CEO Steve Katsaros talks about why his company is a Colorado Company to Watch. Read more
 
 

 
 
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Find out more about the Women's Foundation of Colorado Denver Luncheon on Oct. 14. And check out ColoradoBiz's other events or submit your own.
 
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As Colorado’s growth rate continues to double the national average, more employers and employees are, now, Coloradans. One of the keys to success these employers is navigating Colorado’s employment laws.  After recently relocating to Denver from South Carolina, I thought that individuals and employers new to the state, like myself, would benefit from an overview of a few of the significant Colorado employment laws. Here are some of the most important things employers should know about Colorado employment law. By Kristen Baylis

 
More on a billion-person problem
I often think about the billion moment-sucking black holes that have been incorporated into our global system architecture. Every time I delete spam from my inbox, I feel a tiny piece of my life flitter away. Sitting needlessly at stoplights, or watching the minutes tick away as I wait in some line, or being forced to fill out yet another form, our precious time is being co-opted by everyone from inconsiderate businesses, to overbearing government, to painful security checks at the airport. This is what I call “time pollution.” By Tom Frey
 

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SQFT CEO and co-founder James Simpson sold residential real estate in Beverly Hills before moving to Boulder in 2010. “Here, things were a little bit different than they were in California,” says Simpson. He explains he showed houses when he was the listing agent in the Golden State, but Colorado’s “lockbox system” left something to be desired. “What’s the seller getting out of this for 3.2 percent?” What that means is the industry is about to see a “big market correction,” he adds. “It’s time for a second tier of service.” By Eric Peterson
 
 
 
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Spotlight: Nokero
Nokero CEO Steve Katsaros talks about why his company is a Colorado Company to Watch. Read more.
 
Christopherson Business Travel
Christopherson Business Travel CEO Mike Cameron talks about the evolution of managing business travel. 
 

 
 
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First of all, let’s get one thing straight: Hemp is not marijuana, and it can’t get you high. Dozens of countries grow industrial hemp for its seeds, stalk and fibers – employing hundreds of thousands and bringing in truckloads of revenue. Until last year, planting it anywhere in the U.S. was prohibited. But the passage of Colorado’s Proposition 64 in 2012 legalizing the usage of recreational marijuana turned the tables on the powers that be, forcing the simultaneous legalization of industrial hemp and mandating the establishment of a permitting framework. By Lee Buchsbaum

 
The case for investing in kids
Nobel laureate Economist James Heckman says investing in the development of young at-risk children leads to increased productivity, better health outcomes, a decreased need for special education, remediation, social services, and less likelihood of involvement with the criminal justice system. The really good news is that, in Colorado, the effectiveness of early investment is not just economic theory. By David Hammond
 

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My friend, Peter Diamandis, likes to say, “The best way to become a billionaire is to solve a billion-person problem.” When I first heard this phrase, I had difficulty imagining what a billion-person problem looked like. A problem that affects a billion unique individuals is far different than one affecting a single person one billion times. It’s hard to imagine getting rich from solving the plight of even a few massively problem-plagued individuals, but perhaps solving repeated problems happening to larger groups is not so farfetched. By Tom Frey
 
 
 
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Christopherson Business Travel CEO Mike Cameron talks about the evolution of managing business travel.
 
JustRight
JustRight Surgical Marketing Director Patti Hoag talks about why her company is a Colorado Company to Watch. Read more
 

 
 
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Startup companies in Colorado have long been the darlings of the tech and innovation worlds, catching the eye of investors and entrepreneurs. In fact, according the Startup America Partnership, Colorado startups achieve about $260 million in annual revenue, helping the state consistently rank in the top five nationwide for startup growth. Colorado’s positive business climate continues to attract more startups and entrepreneurs. But these new businesses also face legal and business hurdles as they launch and grow. By Darren Hensley

Sure, identity thieves like stolen credit card numbers. But they love pilfered electronic health records. “Credit card numbers are worth 50 cents or $1 on the open market,” says Sean Bruton, VP of product at HOSTING, a Denver-based data center provider. “Health-care records are going for $50.” With cloud-based systems increasingly popular in the health-care world, this means there are a lot of bad guys lurking around every virtual corner. By Eric Peterson


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I recently reviewed the new Lexus NX, and I was not impressed. I haven’t driven many Lexus vehicles of late, and I was worried that the entire line had succumbed to the lure of the whiz-bang at the expense of what should define a vehicle: driving. So when I heard that the Lexus GX (for “Grand Crossover”) was heading my way, I was prepared for another disappointment. By Jeff Rundles

 
 
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JustRight Surgical Marketing Director Patti Hoag talks about why her company is a Colorado Company to Watch. Read more.
 
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Health care policy is not for politicians; it’s for people. And what is decided in Washington DC, plays out across the country -- in each state - and eventually into every workplace and individual life. Here are five hot topics concerning health care management – and what companies like mine must balance in terms of regulation and policy with the goal of being able to deliver superior patient care and experience. By Erin Gibbs

Loveland has long been known as a thriving artists’ community, but recent development activity is taking the town’s culture to the next level among creative types. Minneapolis-based Artspace, which runs a network of 35 affordable arts facilities in 13 states, is transforming the old Feed & Grain building in downtown Loveland into a community asset with the arts as the common thread weaving together affordable housing, community programs and creative entrepreneurship. By Margaret Jackson


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When CEO Lane Hornung founded 8z Real Estate in 2010, he had a vision of a brokerage that does real estate differently.  At the time many people felt disenchanted with real estate as an investment, and the professionals in the industry, amidst the recession.  This inspired the company’s mission: “Real estate is broken.  We are fixing it.” By Staci Striegnitz

 
 
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Think about how much time, money and energy you've put into developing marketing materials, sales strategies and networking events. Dropping the ball at the follow-up stage sends a message to customers that they can’t count on you. This is unprofessional business behavior. Is that the impression you want to leave with your potential customers? You must walk the walk. Proper follow-up will assist your customer. It helps cement your relationship with your customer. By Liz Wendling

For Frank Segrave, it’s all about the littlest patients. After nearly 30 years as an executive in the pharmaceutical industry for Walmart and Cardinal Health, Segrave left the C-suite behind to fill a need for children suffering from serious illness and chronic conditions. “I am currently living the biggest risk that I have ever taken,” Segrave says. “I invested a large part of my life’s savings into founding Silvergate Pharmaceuticals as a startup company focused on innovating FDA approved drugs for the unmet needs of pediatric patients.” By Lisa Ryckman


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When CEO Lane Hornung founded 8z Real Estate in 2010, he had a vision of a brokerage that does real estate differently.  At the time many people felt disenchanted with real estate as an investment, and the professionals in the industry, amidst the recession.  This inspired the company’s mission: “Real estate is broken.  We are fixing it.” By Staci Striegnitz

 
 
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Lynette Myers of the Colorado Environmental Leadership Program talks about how the state seeks out companies that are going above and beyond in the realm of sustainability.
 
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When you have a quality product, selling is relatively easy. Selling at full price is, however, much more difficult. As a business owner I am frequently forced to remind employees that I really don’t need their help giving away food. What I need is someone who can look the customer in the eye and explain that my product is worth the price I’m charging. By Tim Dodge

For an existing ESOP company that enjoys those tax benefits, the decision on how to finance on-going capital expenditures, including equipment purchases, should be considered carefully. There is rarely a single, best answer to the question of how to pay for required equipment; equipment financing programs vary, but a customized structure can help ESOP companies reach their financial objectives, optimizing both cash flow and tax savings. Here are some factors ESOPs should consider when it comes to acquiring capital equipment. By Douglas Dell